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My Growing Impatience with my Netflix account (February 26, 2019)

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Now don’t get me wrong, I am not a hater.

In fact, I think the Netflix streaming service and its competitors have completely revolutionized the way we assimilate movies and television shows.  Gone are the days wherein we would have to wait an entire week for the next episode of our favorite show.  Shows, mind you, that had no pause button (which certainly made the decision of whether to take a bathroom break during a commercial even more excruciating) or at the very least gave you that stinking feeling that if you did indeed miss that particular episode–you’d never ever get to see it again (An obstacle that was addressed with the advent of VCD’s, DVD’s, Blu-Ray’s, and digital downloads).

But its 2019 and those were the concerns of a different generation.  Today, streaming services have obliterated any possibility of learning delayed gratification though this medium as entire seasons are now gift wrapped for their consumers to unpack–anytime or anywhere.  In fact, the only questions left to answer are: a) Is the movie/show that you are interested in available in your steaming service, and b) are you going to binge watch that particular movie/series today.

With literally thousands of movies and television shows at your fingertips (well, most of them at least–depending on your region), what are you going to watch next?

The Opposite Effect

Or in my case, the opposite effect, what movie/show will be able to keep me interested in it long enough before I decide to push that little X bottom on the upper right hand side of the screen?

Believe me…it’s happened quite a few times already and I am curious, has this happened to you too?

Have you started to grow impatient?  Specifically, are you less likely to give new shows a chance knowing full well that there are many more that you can swipe through or click on?

Patience is still there…

Lastly, I’ve also noticed that my patience seems longer for movies that I end up catching in theatres or with movies/shows that I purchased on other platforms like DVD, Blu-Ray, or via Apple digital download.

 

 

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Priorities: A lesson in Self-Control (February 24, 2019)

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From L to R: Vault Boy Endurance Perk, Charisma Perk, Agility Perk, Perception Perk,  Luck Perk, and my new favorite, the Intelligence Perk.

After our Sunday commitments in the San Juan area today, I got a chance to go around Shoppesville Plus in Greenhills.  What was once a weekly routine is now somewhat of a rare treat as I hardly get to go as often–in part to the worsening traffic conditions.

Fallout Mystery Minis (Series 2)

Based on my previous posts, you guys must know by now how big of a fan I am of the Bethesda’s Fallout franchise.  So when I saw the complete Series 2 Vault Boy Attributes Mystery Minis, I just wanted to take them all home.

That was before I found out that they were all priced at P450 pesos each (Almost 10 USD).

Now, eBay prices for the same lot clock in at about half the amount but that doesn’t factor in shipping charges. Read more…

Collateral Damage: Ambient Noise that leads to a YouTube Copyright Claim (February 23, 2019)

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Bummed

During yesterday’s Big Bad Wolf Book Sale 2019 (BBWBS 2019) excursion, an effort was made to produce a Vlog (Video Blog or Video log) with the intention of resurrecting my Tedi31 YouTube channel which has been dormant for several months now.  Truly, social media management is a full-time job in itself as documentation, editing, and uploading all take a considerable amount of time.  Time that–if we are truly honest with ourselves–would be best spent on other endeavours.

So, unlike past practices wherein I would only work with large blocks of videos that most likely will never see the light of day, I decided to take a different approach and splice together shorter videos and augment them with photos instead. Read more…

Review: Big Bad Wolf Book Sale 2019 [Day 1] (February 22, 2019)

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Clockwise: A big fire somewhere in Makati caused a huge traffic jam on our way to The World Trade Center.  Hope those affected are safe. | The traditional family photo. | Just some of the great book finds that I saw in the modest Graphic Novel section of The Big Bad Wolf Sale.

The Mark of a Tradition

After making it to Big Bad Wolf Book Sale for the third year in a row, I guess my family and I can now confidently label the annual event as a family tradition.  Since 2017, we have made it a point to grace The World Trade Center in Pasay City–site of the Big Bad Wolf Sale–on sale’s first day.

I am a big believer in the saying, “The early bird catches the worm,” and have always felt more confident in our chances of scoring great book finds if we made it a point to come on opening day.

My BBWS 2019 Haul

To be fair, I didn’t go into this year’s sale blind as some members of the Facebook groups that I am a part of went to the VIP pre-event sale held the day before.  The aforementioned FB group members took several photos of all the graphic novels on display which made it easier for me to zero in on the books that I was interested in.

When I arrived at The World Trade Center this afternoon (5:10 pm), all of the books that I wanted were still on the tables with the exception of Graphic Ink: The DC Comics Art of Frank Quitely (2014). Man, I really wanted that one.

So, this is what I ended up getting:

  • Bong Redila’s Melag (2016)
  • Vertigo’s Survivors Club [Lauren Beukes] (2016)
  • Empress Book One [Stuart Immonen and Mark Millar] (2017)
  • Chuck Palahniuk’s Choke (2001)
  • Chuck Palahniuk’s Pygmy (2009)
  • Chuck Palahniuk’s Legacy: An Off-Color Novella For You To Color (2017)

The Big Bad Wolf Sale 2019 is a 24-hour event that will run for 10-days (February 22 to March 4, 2019)

 

Review: The Perils of Penelope (1973) (February 21, 2019)

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Back when I was in nursery, our little school library had a single copy of an extremely hard-to-find book called Sesame Street Presents Bert and Ernie (The Jim Henson Muppets) in The Perils of Penelope (1973).  An adventure story and one of my all-time favourites, the book shows Ernie placing a hapless Bert in multiple life threatening situations with the noble intention of rescuing him—each time with only seconds to spare.

Much to Bert’s dismay, Ernie’s “rescue” could only take place if he was properly dressed for the occasion.  Which, say in 1979, would make Ernie the very first cosplayer that I became aware of.  But I digress, Ernie seemed to lug around a huge chest during each of these two-page life-or-death scenarios with the aim of rummaging through them in order to piece together the appropriate attire for the aforementioned rescue (e.g., Ernie would have to physically look like a crane operator before he could actually get behind the controls of the crane and use it to liberate Bert).

It has been a number of years since I’ve read The Perils of Penelope so I am still in the process of recalling how the story ended.  But I am pretty sure it involved Bert somehow convincing Ernie that his actions could likely land him in an institution–if you get my meaning. Read more…

Review: The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part [No Spoilers] (February 20, 2019)

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We caught the 5:00 pm showing yesterday.

February 19, 2019.

With the success of 2014’s The Lego Movie, it was only a matter of time before my family and I caught its highly anticipated sequel on the big screen, The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part.  I went into this movie blind–having made it a practice to (as much as possible) not watch any featured film’s promos leading up to its release–but had an inkling that it may not have the same kind of cultural impact that made its predecessor an overwhelming success.

But without going into further detail, the movie was generally entertaining and the pop culture references were greatly appreciated.  However, I also felt that the sequel’s plot was one that kids would simply enjoy more than adults. Read more…

Kingsman: The Secret Service Gary “Eggsy” Unwin and Harry “Galahad” Hart MAFEX figures (February 19, 2019)

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Eggsy and Galahad all suited up:  Both figures come with interchangeable heads and hands, figure stands, and knife shoes.  While Eggsy is armed with a rifle, pistol, and Gazelle’s prosthetic leg while Galahad carries a similar firearm along with a folded as well as deployed umbrella.

Yeah, I couldn’t resist.

Decided to pick up the Kingsman: The Secret Service Gary “Eggsy” Unwin (No. 072) and Harry “Galahad” Hart (No. 073) MAFEX figures after learning from online sources that they had just arrived in Manila this past week.  I don’t pick up very many figures anymore–partly due to waining interest and the incredibly substandard quality that defines a number of today’s products–outside of say Funko’s Rick and Morty line, NECA’s Colonial Marines line, select Lego mini-figures, and the occasional Batman related villain.

I first heard of the highly posable Eggsy figure around this time last year with reports of a late Winter 2018 release (Was it actually released in December?).  I didn’t hear of the Medicom product again until Hobbiestock Collectibles began featuring it alongside Eggsy’s mentor’ Harry Hart on their Facebook page. Read more…